When you attempt to open or save a file from various applications that use Windows File Open or Save As dialog, the dialog boxes may appear blank or with grey background, without the folder view or navigation pane. Here is how it might look like.Read more
Using the the built-in options in Windows 8 and Windows 10, you can view or change the password only for the active Wi-Fi connection. This post explains how to view stored passwords for all Wi-Fi profiles in the system.Read more
Sometimes, duplicate Wi-Fi network profiles may appear all of a sudden with suffix 2, 3 and so forth, in the list of available Wi-Fi networks, all pointing to the same SSID. This post tells you how to remove the redundant Wi-Fi network connections or connections that you added some time ago but are no longer in use.Read more
System Restore errors and informational events are logged in the Application event log. With hundreds of other entries added to the Application log every day, inspecting the System Restore events is time-consuming. Every time the user needs to use "Filter the current log" option to display only the System Restore entries, and then clear the filter once the entries are checked. Easier option would be to create a Custom View that lists only the System Restore entries, and this post tells you how.Read more
The Hardware and Devices troubleshooter in the Control Panel may show "Windows Update Configured to never install drivers – Detected" in the detailed report, and that the troubleshooter couldn’t fix it. You may be wondering which exact setting the troubleshooter is referring to.Read more
The Favorites menu in the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) is very useful especially if you’re someone who loves playing with the Registry Editor all the time. If you’ve noticed, the favorites menu in Regedit doesn’t have an option to sort the entries alphabetically. If you have many entries in the favorites menu, finding an item from the unsorted listing is a minor inconvenience.
Registry Editor favorites are displayed in chronological order, although the date and time stamp meta data aren’t shown in the user interface. If you export a key to a text file (instead of .reg format), the date/time stamp in shown in that text file, and that too the Last Write Time is shown only at the "key" level, and not for the individual "values". And in Regedit, there is no "Sort by Name" option, which is available in Internet Explorer Favorites menu. The Regedit favorites are stored in this registry path:
To sort the Registry Editor Favorites alphabetically, you can use one of the following methods.
Export to a REG file and Sort the Values Manually
In Regedit.exe, export the above key to a .REG file, and then delete the Favorites branch. In the exported REG file, the values are listed exactly as shown in the Favorites menu – so you need to sort it manually. Edit the REG file using Notepad and sort the values manually, save the file and double-click the file to run it. This rewrites the values, but this time adds entries in alphabetical order.
Export to a REG file and Use Sort command in Command Prompt
After exporting the above key to a .REG file, say D:\unsorted.reg, open a Command Prompt window and type:
SORT D:\UNSORTED.REG /O D:\SORTED.REG
This sorts the REG file contents, including the Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 and the branch name. After sorting, open the Sorted.reg file using Notepad, and move the following header information to the top of the file.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Also, add the following line in the middle, which clears the existing Favorites branch in the Registry Editor. This is important.
So these three lines are at the top most in the sorted.reg file:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Save the file unsorted.reg, and double-click to run it. This sorts the Regedit Favorites menu.
Using RegScanner to get the sorted listings in a .REG file
RegScanner from Nirsoft is a nice utility that lets you find registry data with specified search criteria, and display them in one list. The list can be exported to a .REG file.
In RegScanner’s Scan Options page, type regedit\favorites in Find String, and set it to scan only the HKEY_CURRENT_USER hive. When the scan results are shown, sort the results by Name column in reverse alphabetical order. From the File menu, click Export and save to a REG file.
(For some reason, if the listing is in alphabetical order, RegScanner v 126.96.36.199 exports the values in reverse alphabetical order in the REG file, and vice-versa.)
You get the alpha-sorted list.
Important: Before running the REG file, the existing Favorites branch in the Registry Editor has to be deleted.
(Unsorted vs. Sorted Favorites menu)
You may script this task (which should be pretty easy) if you want to do the alpha-sort in a single mouse click.
It’s a nice feeling when you come across a hidden setting in Windows, be it a small tweak or a big usability feature. One such little feature is the Snapshot (screenshot) Sound Event that I’m going to write about today. In Windows, you can set a .wav file to play every time you use the Print Screen key for taking screenshots. Doesn’t that lovely camera shutter sound come to mind when talking about screenshots?Read more
I’m sure most users would have more than one web browser installed in their systems. People may prefer Internet Explorer for browsing certain types of sites – say for official or intranet sites, and a different browser for casual web browsing. Double-clicking a .URL (website shortcut) always launches the browser that’s configured as the default. By adding different browser options in the right-click menu for URL files, you can choose a non-default web browser from the list and quickly launch the website in it. One way to make this possible is by adding the Open with… context menu option, which does not exist by default for .URL files. Apart from Open with… there are many ways to launch a website shortcut using a non-default web browser, of which some of the methods are covered in this post.Read more